Omaha man recently discovered a creative, but not redemptive, way to express
his anger. According to news reports, he had been ticketed by the city for
not mowing his grass, so he mowed it. The problem is that he mowed an obscene
expression in the grass. The obscene phrase covered an area of about 30 feet
across the lawn. Local officials had a debate concerning what to do. The big
argument was whether or not he had broken a law and whether or not his expression
was protected by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,